“Humour diffuses anxiety and engages audiences”
by Gerry Thompson
Feature in Brighton and Hove Independent
Hong Kong RTV filmed our classic DIY comedy workshop: here are some extracts….
….a practical learning event in Brighton UK
Tuesday January 17th
hosted by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce
book a place here
Would you like to be more confident and capable in using humour as a powerful tool in the world of work and business?
Humour is widely recognised as one of the most influential aspects of human communication; used wisely, it can transform you ability to win people over, win business, and enjoy your professional life a lot more.
With humour, you can add impact to your message. You can put people at ease, engage with them and win them over. You will be remembered. Mastery of humour can hugely increase your personal and professional confidence. Humour can disperse tension or anxiety, and make difficult subjects easier to address. Having the possibility of humour is just about essential.
In this high-practical, hands-one workshop, you’ll learn how to start using humour, or hone your existing humour skills. You’ll gain an understanding of the working principles of humour and then apply them in whichever business settings you find most challenging, such as presentations, networking or meetings.
Think you’re just not funny? Don’t worry, we know how to help with that one….
For further details and to book, go here
Gerry Thompson continues his Diary of a Pedant series of vlogs with a diatribe about people who go on about how amazingly unexpected everything is in life, and launches his ground-breaking theory about how the unexpected is more to be expected than the expected….
Gerry Thompson is again comedy facilitator for Brighton charity Carousel’s ten week comedy course for those with learning disability, starting in the new year.
To book a place or get details, contact Dave Lavis at Carousel
Gerry Thompson describes the extraordinary power and value of being able to live in the present moment
Gerry Thompson offers nine powerful things you can learn from stand-up comedians in order to be a better, more confident and more impactful presenter or public speaker. This video was recorded at Amex Stadium, Brighton.
A longer version of this video clip, with more detail on each learning point, can be found here
Gerry Thompson describes 9 ways that you can learn from the methods of stand-up comedians in order to be a more confident and impactful presenter
Linguistic influence of the German economy
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. [Read more…]
Gerry Thompson will be giving a presentation on “Top tips for confident speaking and presenting from stand-up comedy” at the Juice Brighton Breakfast Club on Friday morning September 16th.
The event is at the Amex football stadium in Falmer.
Book your place at the business breakfast here
Leading DIY comedy workshops for kids at festivals this summer has reminded me how amazing these young beings are, and what a joy it is to run such activities for them.
How much freer they are than we adults are! They’re really up for the comedy activities – they’re unselfconscious, they don’t think about the risk, they live in the present moment, they’re less inhibited, they’re perpetually creative. It’s a big lesson for all of us.
Wouldn’t it be great, too, if our children could proceed to teenage-hood and adulthood, and still have this ‘freedom’…….?
In the latest of his series of video blogs on really annoying stuff, Gerry Thompson expresses his unappreciation for cooks who are not as humble as they try to make out
Irish standup comedian Gerry Thompson relates the challenges of being More British
Gerry Thompson is comedy facilitator for Carousel’s Punchlines comedy course for people with a learning disability, supporting participants in creating comedy sketches with are recorded and broadcast on Carousel.
This is one of the 2015 sketches, a spoof horror movie trailer.
The next Punchlines courses is in January 2015: if you’re interested in joining it, contact us
Gerry Maguire Thompson
Gerry is author of Cats are from Venus, Dogs are from Mars, a parody of intimate human relationship (Godsfield Press)
1) Highly effective cats don’t need to be doing stuff all the time [Read more…]
Gerry Thompson’s stand-up spot berating people who just can’t get language right
Most people think that professional stand-up comedians are depressed or jaded individuals who use dysfunctionality to drive their art. My view is otherwise – but either way, I believe that we can learn a great deal about how to deal with life from observing their methods. Let’s look first at the qualities for which stand-up comedians are admired, to see what inspiration this offers. [Read more…]
Stand-up comedians are amazing exemplars of the art of presentation, in probably the most challenging of all public speaking situations: alone on stage for an extended time with an audience that may become hostile, with no agenda or content other than what arises from their own individuality, and with an expectation to be liked and to reliably entertain the audience and make them laugh. [Read more…]
Stand-up comedians demonstrate a truly amazing skill-set. They are courageous, inventive, engaging, and daring. They live life on the edge. They expose themselves and their vulnerability, and the source of their comedy is themselves and their lives. They are incredible communicators. They can turn disaster into triumph. Sometimes they fail, and die on stage – but they’ll be up there for the next show, when they may well be ‘storming it’. [Read more…]
I’m a specialist. I specialise in noticing when people do things wrong, and getting annoyed at it. I am very good at my job. [Read more…]
This is part of a series: Learning from stand-up comedians
for brilliant public speaking and presentation
Stand-up comedians are noted for their legendary ability to engage with their audiences in order to get them on-side, be appreciated, and present their material to best effect – comedians have to be experts in crowd control. A successful comedian will unite the audience and take them on a journey of shared emotion and shared responses. [Read more…]
Many business people attend networking events to make new contacts and generate leads. Here’s a humorous starter list of behaviours guaranteed to get you nil results. [Read more…]
Funny letter to the Daily Telegraph:
“My internet went down for about five minutes the other day, so I headed downstairs and spoke to my family. They seemed like nice people”
– John Tilsiter, Radlett, Hertfordshire
A guy is driving around Oklahoma and he sees a sign in front of a house: “Talking Dog For Sale.” He rings the bell and the owner tells him the dog is in the backyard. [Read more…]
Gerry is lead trainer, stand-up comedian and best-selling author. He has run Positive Comedy for 25 years Read More…
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